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  • Summary: The 11th full length release for Liz Harris was written and recorded in Wyoming over a week-and--a-half.
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  1. May 1, 2018
    90
    Grid of Points is the sound of what’s left after the winds have subsided. It’s astonishingly beautiful and astonishingly, painfully real.
  2. Apr 27, 2018
    83
    Grid’s abbreviated runtime (seven tracks in just over 20 minutes) doesn’t give you much time to linger in it, and some melodies simply prove too gossamer to grab on to. Harris’ lyrics, as ever, are more sensed than received. Yet it’s another uniquely immersive, meditative experience, however briefly it lasts.
  3. Apr 25, 2018
    80
    Harris is a sage escort to have along for the ride, and with the spare concrete signifiers and evocative open spaces she provides on Grid of Points, she's crafted a map for the full spectrum of human emotions and experiences.
  4. 80
    It was written and recorded in only a week and a half, and this is the beauty of it. Harris has managed to capture an emotion and deliver it in its rawest and purest form.
  5. Apr 27, 2018
    80
    Harris says these songs were recorded over a brief but intense period brought to an unexpected stop thanks to a high fever. The album itself is much like that – fleeting, over before you can catch your breath. But, an imprint of something – a distinct mark you’re not quite sure the meaning of--is left behind.
  6. May 16, 2018
    80
    Though the length of each successive Grouper album wastes away, at only 22 minutes Grid of Points provides such compelling sketches that the lost minutes only manifest after the music has stopped. Harris’ sound has always been haunting, but by investigating absence on Grid of Points she haunts herself, capturing a restlessness that has returned to make sense of its ending.
  7. Mojo
    May 21, 2018
    60
    Eight brief fragments in which the ghostly vocal harmonies and echoing piano seem to exist just out of comprehension, as if playing in a distant hall, or half-remembered from a dream. [Jul 2018, p.95]

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  1. Apr 28, 2018
    9
    Grid of Points is a masterpiece. The canon technique in every song is amazing, the harmony is perfect. Listening to the album, is likeGrid of Points is a masterpiece. The canon technique in every song is amazing, the harmony is perfect. Listening to the album, is like transporting into a history where the starring role is your mind and its traveling across the process of life, bumping with conflicts, confussion, sadness, reflexioning and every state of mind that pose in the journey of life. Musically, although the meanings, is harmonious. Is a little basic, some arpegios were repeating between the songs but the chords variate on each one. The simplicity in Grouper is a virtue, because she transform that onto a complex piece. A good art isn't devalued by its simplicity and not take away from efforts to it; that artistic work is crucial for what bring on to a soulful level and not by its complexity. Despite it seems, isn't easily generate emotional burdens on the audience, that take them to rethink a situation, to reflect on a particular topic or in general, or simply altering their emotional state, to the point of being a cure for sadness or a happiness overthrow. Blouse, for example, is so simple, but it really touch my heart so hardly. I'm about to rethink my entire life 'cause the listen of that song. My huge critic to Grouper, despite it all, is the misunderstanding or the hideness of the lyrics. Most of the lyrics that have been known of her are intense and brilliant. So, is a bit disapointing that some of her best songs are not being showed or decipherable, even more on this album that almost none of them can be understood. Another fact that low me down a bit is the quantity and the duration of the songs. I waited so much for a new album of Grouper and I was really hoping that she made a longer album. In conclution, Grouper is an incredible artist, so avant-garde, but she took her music so personal that, I personally enjoy but I stayed expecting for more. Expand
  2. May 20, 2018
    7
    The biggest downfall of Grouper's new album 'Grid of Points' is the ridiculously short run-time, which keeps listeners at an arms-length away.The biggest downfall of Grouper's new album 'Grid of Points' is the ridiculously short run-time, which keeps listeners at an arms-length away. You want to dive into her dismal lyrics and decorated sounds but aren't given a long enough chance. Expand